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Article on Health Care Reminds Us 50% Live with Illness

newsppaerThere is no perfect solution to health care politics, but I read an interesting article this week called “Uncle Same MD? Not So Fast” from the SF Examiner you may also be interested in.

It says,

The Business Roundtable, which represents some of the country’s biggest corporations, found that for every $100 the U.S. spends on healthcare, our main competitor countries — the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, France, and German — only spend about 63 cents.

The author of this piece, Peter Pitts, who is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA Associate Commissioner, also states this:

The final step the administration should take is to fight chronic disease. Seventy-five percent of the $2.2 trillion this country spends annually on healthcare goes towards treating chronic illnesses like diabetes and cancer. And roughly half of the American population is suffering from one or more chronic illness.

I found it encouraging to read that someone actually is acknowledging that nearly 1 in 2 people in the US live with a chronic illness. These are statistics I discovered years ago and started using by taking the number of people in the United States and dividing that by the number of people who reportedly live with illness (about 133 million).

As we grow closer to National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week in September, I hope to let you know of more articles that remind the public of just how many people do live with chronic conditions and need support. We are not a “niche market.”


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